Our Best Restaurants In Cape Town
Delight Your Taste Buds With Our Favourite Restaurants, Offering Up Unique Flavors In Cape Town
The restaurant scene in Cape Town has come a long way in the past two decades, and the city is now firmly established on the international map as a favourite destination for food lovers. With its unique combination of coastal and inland locations, the "Mother City" offers a fantastic range of flavours and cuisines to appeal to every palette.
From award-winning fine dining establishments to low-key pubs and bistros, there is something for everyone when travelling to the Western Cape.
Traditional Cape Town dishes include bobotie (a delicious curried mince dish served with savoury custard), waterblommetjie bredie (lamb stew with a unique difference), and Cape Malay curries are easy to find, and the city's restaurants boast a wide range of international options as well.
Famous for its incredible seafood dishes, the Western Cape offers some of the freshest produce in the world. Whether you are looking for succulent crayfish tails served with garlic butter or a delicious line-caught calamari stir fry, you will be spoiled for choice.
For a truly unique experience, visit one of the many beachfront restaurants and soak up the incredible views while indulging in some of the freshest seafood.
The Cape Winelands is the famed cuisine region of South Africa, and it is home to some of the continent's best dining options. Here you'll find wineries that offer tours, tastings and exquisite restaurants serving up some of the most delicious dishes in the country. The atmosphere is always relaxed and charming, providing the perfect backdrop for a luxurious meal with exceptional wine.
Cape Town has something to offer, no matter what kind of food you are looking for. With its vibrant atmosphere and global flavours, it is no wonder that the city's restaurants are so highly acclaimed.
So don your best dress, grab a partner and head out to experience some of the continent's best cuisine and food options!
NOTE: When updating this page, we are still determining which restaurants have survived; COVID has been tough on the hospitality industry here in South Africa. We will update this page once we have more clarity on the situation.
Our List Of Recommended Cape Town Restaurants
Kloof Street House
30 Kloof Street, CBD. 021 423 4413.
In their own words "an eclectic colonial-inspired restaurant and bar set in a magnificent Victorian house". That about sums it up. You come here for the atmosphere. The rooms are adorned with impressive paintings, relics and curios giving off a more Bohemian than a colonial vibe.
You will also have food with a varied menu utilising fresh local ingredients. Also most enjoyable for a cocktail on the lawn.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay. 021-4379029.
In this beautiful hotel situated in splendid isolation between Camps Bay and Llandudno, you will find a restaurant which is both relaxed and opulent and an environment in which you feel immediately comfortable. With sweeping views of the Atlantic, you will eat a broad variety of dishes. Sunday brunch is a treat.
This restaurant pulls off the rare trick in which you could have an intimate tete-a-tete evening but which is also very welcoming for families.
Noordhoek Farm Village, Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek. 021-7891390.
In a relaxed semi-rural environment and unpretentious surroundings, you will probably enjoy some of the best French cuisines in the country.
The French chef and owner Franck Dangereux has created dishes of natural taste, smells and textures, and much character. Our personal favourite.
Quay 5, V&A Waterfront. 021-4215134.
An excellent V&A Waterfront restaurant, specialising in sushi and seafood.
The interiors are lush, but you want to sit outside on the terrace and observe the world with a cocktail in your hand.
The Round House Restaurant
Round House Road (off Kloof Road), The Glen, Camps Bay. 021-4384347.
Another historical Cape building with sweeping views of Camps Bay, the Twelve Apostles Mountains and the ocean. The main restaurant is fine dining bending European cuisine with African ingredients. The wine list and pairing menus are excellent.
During the summer season, the lawns are opened up for a more comfortable dining experience with comfort foods under the banner of the 'The Rumbillion Lawns'.
Klein Constantia Road, Constantia. 021- 7943522.
Further, down the Constantia Valley, you will enjoy one of the finest dining experiences in the country. In this old established vineyard, the Austrian chef combines the best local ingredients (the game dishes are mouth-watering) with the best European traditions.
Enjoy your meal with the excellent wines of the estate and take your time. This quality cannot be rushed. A tasting menu is also available.
Steenberg Vineyards, Tokai. 021-7132211.
One of the oldest vineyards in South Africa hosts one of the most contemporary buildings and raises the standard of casual dining restaurants.
Whether it is the tapas menu or the raw bar with dishes of sashimi, gravadlax, ceviche, carpaccios and oysters, you will be impressed by the quality and originality of the food. This place is a must visit even if it's only for a cocktail.